The local weather report has the title, “Out like a Damp Lamb” this morning. Good description! It’s quiet, very little wind, but an occasional gust goes through up to around 15mph. It’s damp and drippy and only 46. The damp makes it feel even chillier.
Yesterday stared in a scramble. I woke up, glanced at the clock and shot out of bed, into my clothes and got down to the shop in a mad scramble thinking it was 9:30. ….after about an 1/2 hour of starting blearily at the shop laptop screen, it finally penetrated that neither Brea nor the Job Corps bunch had arrived, and I looked at the computer clock again. ….It was barely 8:15! I have no idea what happened with that.
I got the newsletter finished and then curled up on the sofa. Tempus called a bit after that and when Brea came in, I went into the back, sat in recliner and the world went away. Tempus woke me a little after 10:30.
My class went well. We were covering the Wheel of the Year. Before we were done, Kitty showed up with a couple of friends! They spent the day with us.
The afternoon projects included a total of 8 people (2 of whom were only marginally involved) I got a long way on the chalice cover that I’ve been embroidering, finishing the motif, blocking it, and then starting the outer edge that the weights will attach to. Marius worked on a piece of fabric for his cloak and late in the day we got it sized to be cut out. A little wood carving happened, several people working on roughing out spoons that they’ll finish elsewhere. We also had a couple tries at making wood toggles, but they went into the burn bin…. There was a good long discussion on period block printing techniques, and another on shoe construction and one set of patterns got started. Some info got shared on coronet results, duck breeds, spinning and pincushions and one lady gave us a lot of information about being a doula. Very late in the day, Tempus and Marius took off for the other shop to work on armor, but the shear isn’t working well and they made some sad discoveries about the contents of the old armor bag. They also took the wood with them to cut wood discs.
Today’s plant is the Columbine, genus Aquilegia. Found in garden and native species in Oregon, these plants stick their flowers up into the air where they can be admired. They’re related to aconite and share those qualities of a deadly poisonous plant. The flowers aren’t the problem. It’s the seeds and root. Columbina means “dove” and Aquila is “eagle” supposedly from the resemblance of the flower either to clustered doves or the spur at the back of the flower to an eagle’s claw. There is such a thing as too much imagination…. – Feminine, Venus, Water – Crush between the hands or wear in a pouch that can be squashed to induce courage and daring. Carry a posy of the flowers to attract love and the seeds can be used as a love perfume when crushed, however the seeds are *very* poisonous, so don’t ingest any! More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aquilegia
Today’s feast is the anniversary of the founding of the temple toLuna on the Aventine Hill in Rome. She was one of the principal Gods (one of the “Twenty) and is separate from Juno and Diana, also Moon Goddesses. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luna_%28goddess%29
The shop is opening at noon today! Spring hours are 11am-6pm Thursday through Monday, although closing time is drifting later with the longer days. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at firstname.lastname@example.org If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light, or call the shop.
Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is New moving into Diana’s Bow at 11:48pm. Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends on 4/15 at 12:42am. at 11:48pm. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends on Phase ends on 3/31 at 11:45 pm. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 4/3 at 11:48pm.
It’s getting to be Virgo Galaxy Cluster time, as Virgo climbs up in the southeast through the evening. North of Gamma Virginis (Porrima), explore the area around the giant galaxy M49 with your telescope using Sue French’s Deep-Sky Wonders article in the April Sky & Telescope, page 56.
Venus (magnitude –4.5) rises as the bright “Morning Star” just before dawn begins and moves higher as the sky lightens; look east-southeast.
Tuesday, March 18 – Tuesday, Apr. 1, after evening twilight – Zodiacal Light– The faint glow of the zodiacal light, reflected from millions of tiny interplanetary particles, will be visible from northern latitudes in the western sky right after evening twilight ends. Fainter than the Milky Way, this is only visible in really dark skies. The Milky Way arches from southwest to northwest, while the zodiacal light rises straight up from the western horizon underneath Jupiter.
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14. Fern (FAIR-n) Alder
Runic half-month of Ehwaz, 3/30-4/13 – Ehwaz, the horse; time of partnership between humans and Nature, as between rider and horse. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 55
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Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14. Fern (FAIR-n) Alder – The common alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertner) is common along lowland rivers, where it grows with aspens, poplars, and willows. Like willows, alders sprout from stumps. This allows them to regenerate after heavy flooding. In protect sites they may grow to 20 m (65 feet) tall. Their leaves are more blunt-tipped than most North American alders, which look more like the grey alder (A. incana (L.) Moench). This species is more common in the mountains of Europe, and is not restricted to moist soils. Like ashes, European alders are not widely cultivated in North American (they are often sold as black alders), but several native species are. Alder wood is said to resist rotting when it is wet, and was the wood of choice for pilings in many regions. Alders are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Fearn – Alder Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: F, V
Meaning: Help in making choices; spiritual guidance and protection.
Ogam letter correspondences to study this month– Ailim – Silver Fir
Color: Light Blue
Meaning: Learning from past mistakes; Take care in choices.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
M 31 High 1:21 AM 8.6 6:59 AM Rise 7:24 AM 0
~ 31 Low 7:49 AM -0.5 7:42 PM Set 9:11 PM
~ 31 High 1:56 PM 7.8 31 Low 7:57 PM 0.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this a grace-filled day!
~ We know the truth, not only by the reason, but by the heart. – Blaise Pascal
~ Things which you do not hope happen more frequently than things which you do hope. – Titus Maccius Plautus
~ A great fortune depends on luck, a small one on diligence. – Chinese Proverbs
~ And again: No more gods! no more gods! Man is King, Man is God! – But the great Faith is Love! – Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891) French writer
Keeper of the Flame
Mother Earth teach me,
The secrets you guard
Lying deep within.
Teach me the essence,
Of all the treasures
Underneath your crust.
Teach me how to share,
The knowledge received
>From you, Mother Earth
And this torch I carry,
Let it expand to
A flame burning bright.
Mother Earth teach me,
To become your
Keeper of the Flame. – (C)2003 Athena Sydney http://athenasydney.cjb.net/
Beltane Correspondences – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
Date(s): celebrated: starts on the evening of April 30th, concluding at sunset of May 1st, actual: the date on which the sun is at 15 degrees Taurus.
Activities and Rituals: fertilize, nurture and boost existing goals, games, activities of pleasure, leaping bonfires, making garlands, May Pole dance, planting seeds, walking one’s property, feasting
Colors: Red, White, Brown, Pink, Green
Tools: Broom, May Pole, cauldron
Stones/Gems: Emerald, malachite, amber, orange carnelian, sapphire, rose quartz
Symbols & Decorations: May Pole, fires, fertility, flowers, growing things, ploughs, cauldrons of flowers
Foods: Dairy, bread, cereals
Flowers, Herbs: Lily of the valley, foxglove, rose, broom, Hawthorne, Dittany of Crete, elder, mint, mugwort, thyme, yarrow, almond tree/shrub, clover, ivy, marigold, meadowsweet, rowan, sorrel, woodruff
Deities: Aphrodite, Artemis, Bast, Diana, Faunus, Flora, Maia, Pan,
the Horned God, Venus, and all Gods and Goddesses who preside over fertility.
Animals: Swallow, dove, swan, Cats, lynx, leopard
Other Names: Cetsamhain (opposite Samhain),May Day, Fairy Day, Sacred Thorn Day, Rood Day, Roodmas (the Christian term for Rood Day, Old Beltane, Beltaine, Beltain, Baltane, Walpurgis Night, Floriala (Roman feast of flowers from April 29 to May 1), Walpurgisnacht (Germanic-feast of St. Walpurga), Thrimilce (Anglo-saxon), Bloumaand (Old Dutch)